Google buys makers of the Google Glass translation app

The company behind the most impressive Google Glass translation app demo I’ve seen has been bought by Google.

Word Lens translated written words from one language to another and overlaid them back on top of the world with matched perspective, color and font — so it essentially rewrote the world into your own language as you were looking.

The Google Glass translation app was available for Android and iPhone as well, but the effect of overlaying translations on top of reality was particularly effective for a computer worn on your face.

A Google spokesman confirmed the deal to buy Quest Visual, the company behind Word Lens, which announced the acquisition on its website. The Quest Visual team is joining Google Translate, not Google Glass. For now, the apps are still live, and they’ve been made free for new downloads.

After seeing Word Lens demoed at a Google Glass event, I wrote…

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Posted on June 12, 2014 in Translation apps

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